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422.112-5

Practice chanter. Cocuswood with German silver keys, one German silver ferrule and ivory sole. Fingering and key work correspond to those of the Brian Boru pipes. Four pillar mounted keys with saltspoon cups and leather pads. Six tone holes. Wind cap stamped: H.STARCK/LONDON/PATENTEE; Body joint stamped: H.STARCK/PATENTEE/LONDON

Practice chanter for Brian Boru bagpipes, made of cocuswood in two sections, the wind cap enclosing the double reed and the tubular body. German silver ferrule and ivory sole. The instrument has four German silver pillar-mounted keys with saltspoon cup covers and leather pads, and six fingerholes. The fingering and keywork correspond to those of the Brian Boru pipes (see Horniman Museum number: 2004.1213). The wind cap is stamped: 'H.STARCK/LONDON/PATENTEE', and the body joint is stamped: 'H.STARCK/PATENTEE/LONDON'.

Although based in London, Henry Starck was an important figure in the development of the Irish bagpipes. In the early 20th century there was a revival of interest in the Irish war-pipe, an outdoor bagpipe used in Ireland until the 18th century. In 1908 Starck patented the Brian Boru bagpipe design see (2004.1213), which he named after a 10th-century Irish king. Although loosely based on the war-pipe, the new instrument had four key-covered holes added to increase the number of pitches available. This chanter has the same fingering as the Brian Boru bagpipes and was designed as a practice instrument to introduce performers to the new key arrangement.

Although based in London, Henry Starck was an important figure in the development of the Irish bagpipes. In the early 20th century there was a revival of interest in the Irish war-pipe, an outdoor bagpipe used in Ireland until the 18th century. In 1908 Starck patented the Brian Boru bagpipe design see (2004.1213), which he named after a 10th-century Irish king. Although loosely based on the war-pipe, the new instrument had four key-covered holes added to increase the number of pitches available. This chanter has the same fingering as the Brian Boru bagpipes and was designed as a practice instrument to introduce performers to the new key arrangement.

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